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    Interesting to see Oli throw Helsley under the bus. Most managers are smart enough to state it was the team’s decision, but it seems nothing is ever Oli’s fault.
    Marmol is wholly accountable for his decisions. He explained how the team was going to use Helsley carefully early this season. He explained how the team would increase his usage as the season progressed and the he built strength. He pushed Helsley with 2 1/3 innings, almost unheard for a closer. He used him three times in four days. And fans are outraged that he didn't push him more -- even though this team has seen most of their top pitching prospects (Jordan Hicks, Alex Reyes, Dakota Hudson, Jack Flaherty, et al) suffer serious pitching injuries. God forbid the manager not push a fatigued pitcher!
    Moe is lucky the Brewers decided to give the Cardinals a Mulligan. The cards could easily be six or seven games behind
    Blowing a six to nothing lead in the sixth the horror!
    Hey, weren't the Cardinals supposed to be hopelessly out of the race by now?
    Gordo, what is your concern level on Liberatore being anything more than a back end rotation arm?
    I'm not concerned about it at all. If he sticks in the big leagues as a starter, that's a good thing. I believe he has been profiling as a mid- to back-end rotation guy for some time now.
    If cards want to win they need better pitching options than verhagen and McFarland that's like white flag move
    You are correct. And they have better options, both inside and outside the organzation.
    I’d trade a couple of gold gloves for a slugging outfielder any day. Time for the front office to wake up and quit relying on home grown talent that can’t hit or stay off the injured list. I’m thinking Arenado is growing tired of this stuff and won’t blame him for opting out
    In this ballpark, for this team, fielding will be important. This is a pitcher's park. I don't see the team changing its model due to that. As for the team's offense, it will improve once it can replace the Mendoza Club hitters filling in for the injured and sick.
    Ok, try this again. . . Do you see much improvement for Mikola this year? I know experience continues to add in most cases but he'll never get that Chris Pronger edge to him which I believe we really need on the blue line. Also, do you know who is running the PP and PK for us this year? Thanks!
    by Hi Jeff. Do you see much improvement for Mikola t 7/15/2022 6:49:04 PM
    We'll see how the Chief organizes the staff after Jim Montgomery's exit. As for Mikkola, the Blues did not show much confidence in him when it make the Nick Leddy move. I thought Niko made pretty good strides when he got another chance to play late on the season, but the coaching staff must not have agreed. Again, today's game demands mobility and puck-moving skill on the blue line. Mikkola needs more work on both.
    Jeff, I think the paper has gone soft on the Cards front office. They have slipped to #13 in payroll, yet, still have the second highest average game attendance. Bernie Miklasz who is arguably the toughest media critic in town has repeatedly called them out this year as an organization that no longer puts forth an urgency to win now while totally over whelmed with their consistency model. Ben is the only one at the P-D that calls them out for this approach while the other writers accept the consistency model. Am I being fair and curious where you stand?
    Some critics have been yelping about the frugality of the DeWitt Regime for the entirety of its run . . . and all the while the Cardinals outperformed peer franchises by a ton. Some people find it totally unacceptable the Cardinals set out to contend every season, not just some seasons. I do not find this approach outrageous. Some people rail against the player development model. I do not. If done well, that approach creates a self-renewing talent base and keeps a team in the chase year after year. For a few years amid the "Hackgate" nonsense the Cardinals slipped on that front. Randy Flores and Co. got the franchise back on track. We saw this year how that good player development works when several players rose up to give the team a boost. In recent years the Phillies and Padres had to throw huge dollars around trying to end postseason droughts because they could not run their franchise as well as the Cardinals have run. Their fans must love that the owner is trying hard by spending big, but their fans must also wonder why the franchise went so long without reaching the playoffs.
    Jeff -- Perhaps a moment of silence is in order. Former Cardinals star farmhand Oscar Mercado has been designated for assignment twice in the last month. I remember some of the chatters going absolutely crazy when the Cardinals traded him and he got off to a decent start. I am sure some of them will write in today and say they were wrong.
    Yeah, but it's not Connor Capel proved to be a great steal in that trade . . .
    Cards need to “reshuffle” like it’s 2006 or ‘08. So DFA McF., trade Dickerson (dfa if no trade)Kziner, Woodford to A’s for C Murphy. Deal Capel and Verhagen to D’backs for Baumgartner.Put Burleson in
    Murphy deal to replace D. if needed. Hudson goes to bullpen over P.
    So you're saying that Corey Dickerson, Andrew Knizner and Drew VerHagen have trade value? Based on what?
    Lets say O'niell doesn't hit like he's capable the next 2 weeks, would a bat be in play? or are we destined to get a reliever and a retread "innings guy" starter?
    I'd be surprised if the Cardinals traded for an outfielder when they have so many guys who can play the outfield. And most of those candidates have had stretches of very good production. Will this team ever get healthy in the outfield? Will those guys ever settle as they did last year when the team heated up?
    Happy Friday Gordo! Do you think Nolan Gorman will be glad All Star Break is here? Looks like he needs a breather as he seems to have a hard time hitting right now.
    Some readers flew into a rage when I suggested earlier that Gorman could play his way back to more Triple-A work this season. Clearly he is getting into that territory now. Yes, he needs a reset. Teams will keep jamming him with fastballs six inches off the plate as long he keeps swinging at them.
    Deshaun Watson update -- Texans settling with 30 people, now that is a happy ending ;)
    I see what you did there . . .
    How does Mozeliak react when he hears players make comments that have a sense of urgency? When he read/heard Arenado’s comments I picture him throwing a fit and screaming to his subordinates about getting Arenado back on script. “Remember the wild card is just as good as the division. Just make it in the playoffs and anything can happen.” I hope Arenado opts out. You can call fans entitled or whiners for wanting a better team, but even someone like you won’t be able to do the mental gymnastics necessary to defend the front office if that happens.
    If Arenado opts, it would be unfortunate. But the Cardinals will suddenly have $30 million to spend on players in their athletic prime instead of a player in his 30s. The team would not fold. But the opt-out would force the team to seek another marquee player, as it did when it maneuvered to get Paul Goldschmidt and then Arenado.
    Read the question again, dude. No issue with Helsley not pitching. Big issue with Oli telling everyone it was Helsley’s decision. Manager has to be smarter.
    All Marmol did was give an honest explanation. And for that fans are outraged. Every day the staff checks with each reliever to see what they feel they can and can't do. They want them to be honest. Then they make decisions accordingly. Like Marmol said, if a pitcher says he is tapped out and he manager uses him anyway, then he has violated trust. Likewise, when a player insists he's fine when he's tapped out, that is also a violation of trust.
    Maybe Marmol should have said, "Even though we've leaned on Helsley a lot -- and we're trying to keep him healthy because he is the only truly reliable reliever we have -- he insisted that he had  at least 100 pitches in him tonight despite his fatigue and soreness. But I, operating with an abundance of caution, decided to give him a break."
    It appears the Oli as well as Arenado have made very strong public statements in the past few days that the current Cardinals roster needs some additions (and therefore, subtractions). In your opinion, will the front office listen and act and in what manner? 90 games into the season it appears to me the club as it currently is built cannot compete with the top-tier teams in either the NL or the AL. The team can only harvest so many wins against the Cubs, Reds, Pirates. Thoughts?
    Obviously the Cardinals need to get Steven Matz back in the rotation, Tyler O'Neill back into the offensive flow, Harrison Bader back into the outfield mix and at least a few replacements, internal or external, onto the pitching staff. Mozeliak watches the game, so he already knows that.
    Mo and the other FO seemed committed to the hope over experience when it comes to injured players, especially pitchers, coming back strong. The Cardinals lack a true shutdown starter and are short (and have been short) of dependable middle relief ; none of the free agent signings have had any impact. Meanwhile, the league has caught up to Gorman and Yepez who have not adjusted to the way they are being pitched and chase pitches out of the zone. This team needs a jolt and fresh talent but it will cost in terms of minor league talent. Who would you target as pitcher, middle reliever, and reserve bat who has a track record to thump?
    There isn't much available among starting pitchers right now, but there should be lot of relievers in the market by Aug. 2 who are capable of helping. This team needs six high-leverage relievers to compete. Could Jordan Hicks become one of them? Maybe. Could Junior Fernandez? Maybe. Could Zack Thompson and Jake Woodford help this team? Maybe. So, yes, dealing for two relievers makes sense. If there is starter that can hold up, then grab one of them too.
    As for the offense, let's be honest here: The Reunion Tour is a drag on the offense. The quickest way to upgrade the offense would be to add a catcher who can hit. Also, if you are "playing with urgency" then how many at bats can Albert Pujols get the rest of the way?
    Man, you are drunk on the Cardinal Kool-Aid!! Another year in contention? The gap between this team and the Dodgers, Mets, Braves, Padres, Houston, Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, etc is WIDE. This Cardinal team has virtually no chance of winning a World Series, and I seriously doubt they even make the playoffs. The glaring lack of pitching has finally caught up to them, and the amount of innings the bullpen has thrown so far has caught up to them as well. That, paired with a wildly inconsistent offense has this team going nowhere again. Their so-called string of success is ancient history. This team hasn't been close to competing for a championship for the last eight years.
    My definition of contending is standing in the playoff chase for the duration. Once there, anything can happen. The Braves are just the latest example of that. The Cardinals are contending for the playoffs again this season. Fans said they would be buried in June. Then they would be buried before the break because the Brewers were so vastly superior. So we'll see how it goes. When injuries come simultaneously and slumps happen at once, things can look pretty bad. Will things be bad in August? We'll see.
    in your opinion what will the fo do, not try to do, but actually do to better this team. Are they willing at all to look at other players, right now the catchers position is killing them but I see no help until next year on that front. Right now they putting all of their eggs in the Bader, O'Nell, Matz, Yepez and Verhagen basket and they are not exactly reliable at this point imo.
    I'm not sure that VerHagen basket is central to the team's second-half plans.
    What does your instinct tell you regarding bringing Trevor Rosenthal to the party as a chase reliever?
    If he can feel his fingers again, sure, give him a look. This team needs to get to six high-leverage relievers. It is well short of that now.
    I assume based on my comments over the years you understand I am not someone who attacks MO. I get the Cardinals strategy of building from within and not taking huge contractual risks. I understood Thompson was sent down to be stretched out, but they are using him out of the pen in Memphis. That is frustrating since if was still on the roster, the Cards almost certainly win on Wednesday. MO talked about not giving Arozarena chances. The opportunity opened up with injuries to both O'Neil and Bader to give Burleson a shot. While Burleson's defense may not be great, it can't be worse than Yepez can it? Its just maddening to watch 3-4 games slip away that could have been won with better roster management of guys that are within the organization. A guy like Burleson maybe gives this team a jolt, maybe not. But with O'Neil gone for a month, the opportunity was there instead of using it to give a few games to depth guys. Could part of Arenado's comment be directed there as well as for outside help? Hope Matz looks good on Sunday...
    I'm with you on Thompson. I loved the way that he handled himself in his limited role here. The knock on him from outside evaluators is that his fastball lacks the sort of movement that would make him a high-end prospect. But surely he is good enough to help this team now, right? Why not let him fail horribly before sending him back. Maybe he won't fail horribly.
    You seem like your in a better mood this week. Positive attitude!! No censorship! No editing! God Bless America!
    I have a vacation starting in a couple of hours.
    I’ve got friends who are casual fans. They’ll make ridiculous trade proposals like Dejong for Montas. Then on the other side there are people like you who wouldn’t care if they make any additions at all. Just being in contention for the playoffs is good enough for them. When the casual fan takes up either of these positions I understand it. The casual fan doesn’t realize teams are smarter now and you don’t get good players in trades without giving something good up. I also understand the content fan. They don’t watch enough games to realize there’s a group of teams that are definitively better than the Cardinals. They chalk up the Dodgers series loss to the ups and downs of a long season. They don’t realize when you look at the full season winning teams are beating the Cardinals like a drum. I understand why casual fans make the mistake, but I can’t figure out why you do? Do you have a different day job and report on the side? Are you subsidized by the team? What makes you buy in so completely to the front office sales pitch? You’re right to point out that the Cardinals fans could have it worse, but you’re in denial if you think this team is truly competing.
    Well, when you send out Andrew Knizner Albert Pujols, Corey Dickerson, Lars Nootbaar, Matthew Liberatore and Drew Verhagen against a huge budget team like the Dodgers, it's going to look like a mismatch on paper, to Nolan Arenado's point. On the other hand, the Cardinals almost won the series despite leaning hard on those Mendoza Club hitters. I'm guessing that the Cardinals will have a somewhat more impressive lineup and bullpen for games down the stretch. That's why I am not prepared to the say that this season is over and the franchise is on the brink of total collapse.
    I think we need to give Knizner more time, both offensively and defensively. He may be a keeper in the long run.
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